Do you want to study a BTEC Extended Diploma in Sport (Development, Coaching and Fitness) whilst training with Cardiff Blues Community Coaches? Perhaps you’re thinking of a career in Sport and want to develop and apply new skills, coaching techniques and tactics whilst gaining an academic qualification. The Cardiff Blues Rugby Education Performance Centre at Crickhowell High School will allow students to gain coaching, technical and physical skills whilst the BTEC, run within the school, will ensure students have the right qualifications for University or employment.
The BTEC Sport qualification (equivalent to three A levels) runs over two years and will provide students with an excellent foundation of sporting knowledge that will suppport their career progression. It is available to both Year 12 and 13 students at Crickhowell High School. Students cover study areas, such as nutrition, anatomy and physiology, sport development, practical team sports and psychology. Throughout the course, a portfolio of evidence is produced with grading, so students know what they’ve achieved at the end of the course. There are no exams in the first year and only 2 in the second year.
As well as their academic studies, students regularly train with Cardiff Blues Community coaches, developing coaching skills, fitness, rugby skills, techniques and tactics. They’re provided with Cardiff Blues kit and act as representatives for the club. They are also exposed to a number of work experience opportunities, which their future career decisions.
The Pearson BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport (Development, Coaching and Fitness) is 180 credits and has 1080 guided learning hours. It consists of eight mandatory units plus optional units that provide for a combined total of 180 credits (where at least 135 credits must be at level 3 or above). Students must select one of either Unit 8 or Unit 9 as their eighth mandatory unit and the other one may be an optional unit if required. The units for both mandatory and optional are detailed below: